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Another lefty on the mound and another loss for the Cubs in what is shaping up to be a historically bad season. The Cubs record against left-handed pitchers dropped to 3-16 on the season after Wade Miley shut the door in a 5-1 victory for the Diamondbacks. The Cubs did nothing all day, which is a shame because Matt Garza had one of, if not his best road outing of the season. Garza went seven strong innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out seven. The loss drops Garza to 3-6 on the season with a 4.06 ERA. As I said, the Cubs did nothing at the plate, Alfonso Soriano hit his 14th home run of the season in the seventh inning to bring the Cubs to within one run. That was as close as they would get as the Diamondbacks tacked on one in seventh and two more in the eighth to make it 5-1. The Cubs did threaten however in the 8th inning, and just missed tying the game on a Darwin Barney double that hit the yellow line at the top of the left field wall. With 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, and down 3-1, Joe Mather stuck out, Luis Valbuena lined out to short, and David DeJesus grounded back to Miley to end the threat with no runs scoring. Soriano and Darwin Barney were the only Cubs with hits, each getting two in the defeat. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Over the course of a season certain games stand out, whether it be bad or good, for some reason you remember them, tonight was one of those games. It all started before the game even got underway when D-Backs starter Joe Saunders couldn’t get loose warming up in the bullpen and had to be scratched from his start, so Josh Collmenter was forced into duty. Now Joe Saunders is a left-handed pitcher so Dale Sveum went with his super sweet, and really awesome, and special “left-handed-pitcher” lineup, which featured Reed Johnson leading off, and Jeff Baker hitting fourth. This really neat approach has been used all season long, to the tune of a 3-14 record against left-handed pitchers, so it’s obviously working. Dale Sveum had the opportunity to change his lineup before first pitch, because Josh Collmenter is right-handed, Sveum declined, and the Cubs lost 6-1.
Things started well enough as Geovany Soto hit a 450′ bomb to center field to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Jeff Samardzija has been perplexing as of late, breezing through the early innings, then struggling to the point of having to come out in the 5th or 6th because of pitch count. Samardzija was great in the first three innings tonight then his command went out the window as did the Cubs lead. Samardzija gave up two runs in the 4th, one in the 5th, and two more in the 6th en route to his 6th loss of the season. Geovany Soto who looks like a new man since coming off the DL had another solid night at the plate going 2-for-4 with his 5th home run of the season. The Cubs couldn’t come through with the big hit all night, as they were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 guys on base, including the bases-loaded two different times. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Sure two out of three against any team on the road is considered a success, but a sweep is what the Cubs really wanted. It was hard to tell Wednesday night however based on the Cubs performance. We’ve seen it too often this year, games practically over before they start because the Cubs have no approach at the plate and it happened again last night. The Cubs were shut out once again, this time on four measly hits, and least two of the four were of the extra base variety. The Sox found their bats after being shut down for two nights in a row. They pounded out 10 hits on their way to scoring seven runs in the rout.
Randy Wells was, well, Randy Wells. Wells only lasted 3.2 innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking FOUR with no strike outs. It’s a shame how far Wells has fallen after a promising debut season with the Cubs, his command and confidence have gone out the window. As I mentioned the Cubs were no better at the plate against Gaving Floyd and company, the same Gaving Floyd that has an ERA north of five. The only offensive highlights were a double by David DeJesus and another triple by Starlin Castro. The Cubs are off today before they start a weekend series in Arizona. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Sometimes teams just beat you, sometimes a pitcher is just better than you, and that is exactly what happened today. The Tigers and Justin Verlander were just better than the Cubs and Travis Wood today. I’m okay with that, today was a baseball game and the Cubs came up a little short. After falling behind 2-0 early on runs in the first and second by Detroit the Cubs bounced right back with two in the bottom half of the second inning to tie things at two. The game would stay that way into the 7th inning as Verlander and Wood were dueling. Wood however was working much harder than Verlander as he worked himself into and out of jams for the majority of the day. It finally caught up to him in the seventh as Detroit pushed across a run to take a 3-2 lead. The normally reliable, and overworked Shawn Camp surrendered two runs in the top of the 9th to give the Tigers an insurmountable 5-2 lead. The Cubs tried to make it interesting in the ninth with a lead-off double by they were only able to scratch across one run to make it 5-3 and that’s how it would end.
As I mentioned already Travis Wood worked himself into a lot of jams. The Tigers put the lead-off man on base in every inning that Wood pitched, all seven of them featured a runner on base with no outs. Pretty amazing that Wood was able to last that long given that stat. Wood finished his day after 6.2 innings allowing three runs on eight hits, he walked two and struck out three. With the loss Travis Wood falls to 0-3 on the season, while his ERA sits at 4.58. The Cubs could have been better at the plate in regards to working the count later in the game, but for the most part they put up a good fight against Verlander. Darwin Barney had another solid day at the plate as he was 2-for-3 with his 15th double of the season, he is now hitting .279. Another monster weekend ahead as the Boston Red Sox, and their fans, invade Wrigley Field. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
For awhile there it looked like the Cubs were well on their way to their third victory in a row, and second straight over the Tigers. Then the wheels fell off. After falling behind 1-0 early, the Cubs bounced right back getting two runs in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. They added on two more in the fifth inning to make it 4-1, with the way Garza was pitching it looked like the Cubs might run away with this one, then the top of the sixth happened. The Tigers rallied with four hits, and the Cubs made one costly error in a four run inning for the Tigers that put them up 5-4 and they never looked back. The error by Joe Mather really hurt because at worst the Cubs would have been out of the inning leading 4-3. All the Tigers needed was some confidence apparently as they scored three more times over the next two innings to take an 8-4 lead and that’s how it would end.
As I mentioned Matt Garza was cruising, then he gave up a lead off single, then an error was committed behind him and things unraveled, quickly. Garza was finished after six innings, he gave up five runs, three of them earned, on seven hits, while not walking anyone and striking out seven. With the loss Garza falls to 2-5 on the season with a 4.04 ERA, it was Garza’s first loss at Wrigley this year, and he hasn’t won since April. For the second straight night the Cubs were very good at the plate as they pounded out 11 hits, but could only manage four runs. Alfonso Soriano had another good night as he was 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI double, and a run scored, his 1,000th of his career. Steve Clevenger and Darwin Barney were each 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored in the loss. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The last 12 one-run games have ended with the Cubs coming up short, not tonight as the Cubs rallied in the 8th inning to break a 3-3 tie and beat the Tigers 4-3. The Cubs held the Tigers down for most of the game and built a 3-0 lead by the 7th inning but once again the Cubs bullpen couldn’t hold it. The Tigers strung together hits for the first time all game and managed to plate three runs in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game at three. The tie didn’t last long as the Cubs were able to push across a run in the bottom of the 8th inning, with help from the Tigers. Two different times the Tigers looked like they got out of the inning but both times Jhonny Peralta made terrible throws to pull guys off the bag. Upon further review, it actually looked like both plays could have gone the other way as they were very, very close, but I’m not going to apologize, it’s about time the Cubs got some breaks. In both instances speed is what caused Peralta to rush his throws, both times it was Tony Campana causing havoc.
Paul Maholm didn’t get the win tonight but he was tremendous on the mound going six innings, allowing two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out seven. Tony Campana was 2-for-5 at the plate, but it was his speed that was the killer. As I mentioned it was Campana’s speed that caused the Peralta throwing errors, he also stole three more bases giving him 21 on the season. Darwin Barney had a productive day at the plate going 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI’s. That’s two wins in a row, doesn’t seem like much, but the Cubs only have 21 on the season, okay, it’s really not a lot, here’s to three in a row tomorrow. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The Cubs scored eight runs and Ryan Dempster was pitching, it’s okay to be shocked because that hasn’t happened all too often this year. In fact that might have been the first time all year that Dempster received some real run support. Thing is, Dempster didn’t need it as he was outstanding on the mound to earn his second win of the season. Dempster tossed eight scoreless innings giving up only four hits while walking one and striking out six. The Cubs brought their bats this afternoon and it was great to see, much better than watching zero after zero go up on the board. For awhile it looked like the same old game as the Cubs held onto a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning. The Cubs made sure to keep the bullpen out of it by scoring seven runs over the last four innings to win 8-2.
The top of the Cubs order did a lot of damage as Reed Johnson, leading off again, was 2-for-3 with two walks, and three runs scored. Starlin Castro, who has been slumping at the plate a bit bounced back with a great game. Castro was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and three runs scored. The Cubs didn’t leave the yard but managed to put together nine hits in scoring eight runs. David DeJesus only managed one hit but had a very productive day with a double while driving in three runs. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
Sure the Twins have a poor record this year, but they have been red-hot lately and the Cubs are in no shape to match that right now. Jeff Samardzija had his worst outing of the season as he only last three and two-thirds of an inning giving up 8 runs, all earned on nine hits, he walked one and struck out one. Samardzija falls to 5-4 on the season while his ERA sky-rockets to 3.96. It was bound to happen I guess, Shark has been awesome all year-long, even if he held the Twins in check odds are he wouldn’t get a win. The Cubs couldn’t solve a lefty at the plate once again as they only managed seven hits off of Scott Diamond who is now 5-1 on the season with a sub two ERA. Alfonso Soriano continued to showcase his DH skills for any American League team that might be interested as he went 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season in the losing effort. Darwin Barney, Ian Stewart, and Reed Johnson all had two hits, but too many guys came up empty when it mattered as the Cubs were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Too many times this year the Cubs have gone silent until the late innings, teams can only stay in games for so long, if the Cubs are going to turn this around anytime soon they need to put some runs on the board in the early innings. The Cubs will try to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon, full box score and highlights after the jump.
I’ve never seen a team find a way to lose so many games like the Cubs have. The opponent doesn’t matter either as they play every team tough, as illustrated by how many one-run ball games they are in. The one problem is they never win those games, not even every once in a while, its uncanny. If it’s a one run game the Cubs will lose it, just like they have for the last 12 of them. Tonight the Cubs put up plenty of runs to win the game, but “kerosene” also known as Randy Wells couldn’t make it through an inning of work with a lead so the Cubs had to fight back. Once again they did, taking a lead in the 8th inning, just like yesterday. This time it was Alfonso Soriano hitting one of the farthest home runs ever at Target Field, had to be up in Aisle 64 with the frames. But this is the Cubs we are talking about, and the Cubs have trouble doing many things, one is closing games out. Carlos Marmol was so bad at closing games that he has now been relegated to the 7th inning blower of leads.
Tonight it was up to Shawn Camp, who in all honesty has been a tremendous bright spot out of the Cubs pen this year, but he didn’t have it tonight. He quickly gave up a single, and a triple to a guy that can’t spell his name (This is only a joke, I really hope Morneau is healthy for good, concussions are no fun) to tie the game at seven. Somehow Camp was able to get out of that jam without losing the game in the ninth, only a tease though. After the Cubs went quietly in the top of the 10th the Twins jumped all over Camp in the bottom half and this time Josh Willingham ended it with a single through the five man infield. Camp was bound to have a bad one, he’s only pitched infiniti-billion times this year. 12 straight one-run losses in a row, congrats Cubs, maybe they will fly a flag at Wrigley for this. Full box score and highlights after the jump.
The madness continued this afternoon for the Cubs as they lost their 11th straight one-run game. Think about that for a second, the last 11 games decided by one run have been losses. That is hard to do, but I guess when a team can’t get clutch hits, and when they finally do the bullpen can’t hold the lead then that’s what happens. Today was a perfect illustration of how the Cubs somehow find a way to lose a one run game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the 8th with two-out Dale Sveum turned to Bryan LaHair off the bench and he delivered. LaHair launched a long two-run home run to right centerfield to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead and probably showed the most emotion he has all year rounding the bases. That’s not a knock on LaHair but he’s pretty reserved, he we definitely jacked up when that one left the yard. Unfortunately, like so many times this year when the Cubs take a lead late in the game they usually give it right back, and that’s exactly what happened. The Cubs allowed the Brewers to tie it in the bottom of the 8th inning and Casey Coleman gave up a walk off home run to Aoki, his second of the game, in the bottom of the 10th to lose the game and series.
Matt Garza had one of his best road outings on the season as he went six strong innings allowing two runs on four hits. His command was much better than it has been on the road as he only walked one guy and struck out six in the no decision. Not much going for the Cubs at the plate as Randy Wolf completely shut them down. Joe Mather was 2-for-4 at the plate and Bryan LaHair did more than anyone in just one at bat going 1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI’s… off to Minnesota. Full box score and highlights after the jump.